I've noticed on some old turntables there's a kind of arm-like thing that can be put above the disk, and it's not the reading head, it's smaller and seems to have a spring...
What is that for??
posted by PowerCat
on Feb 19, 2007 -
Teaching an older blogger new tricks (or how to train a writer over 60 to make their posts sparkle) [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear
on Jan 16, 2007 -
Older house thread: Most older houses have one tiny little bathroom and no real closets to speak of. Help me figure out how to rectify that! [more inside]
posted by stormygrey
on Jan 14, 2007 -
I have accepted that if I wish to preserve my reproductive organs, I will need to acquire a long coat rather quickly. but what to look out for? [more inside]
posted by krautland
on Dec 3, 2006 -
It was always my understanding that Numbers 5:11 in the Hebrew Bible refers to an abortive procedure. However... [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog
on Nov 9, 2006 -
reggaefilter: Can someone identify the old reggae song excerpt at the beginning of the video of Rancid's Ruby Soho? [more inside]
posted by jlowen
on Sep 25, 2006 -
My eyesight just isn't what it used to be. How do I force specific websites to show up with a larger font in Firefox? [more inside]
posted by crunchland
on Sep 21, 2006 -
My place of employment sees a LOT of laptops come and go. Recently a PIII Dell Latitude L400 ultralight came through and was marked for surplus, but I want to use it for Ubuntu. One snag, though. [more inside]
posted by smallerdemon
on Aug 21, 2006 -
I have an external firewire CD burner that I want to repurpose as an external firewire hard drive. [more inside]
posted by mzurer
on Jul 19, 2006 -
I'm having trouble getting files off an ancient hard drive using an enclosure. Help! [more inside]
posted by alan
on Jul 19, 2006 -
So I've been watching a bunch of older movies on VHS like Wait Until Dark (1963) and Sword in the Stone (1967). At the end when everything's black, right before it turns to the black and white noise, there's a sound of a phone dialing very quickly, or something similar. Anybody else ever noticed it? Out of curiosity, any ideas on what that is, how it happens, why it's there, or anything at all about it?
posted by freddymungo
on Jul 10, 2006 -
The recent stories about the difficulty our seniors have found in understanding the Medicare prescription benefit, coupled with continual reports of vehicular "issues" among the elderly, make me wonder about old people, and whether I will be just like them when I get there. [more inside]
posted by Bud Dickman
on Mar 21, 2006 -
I'm looking for photos taken of people at various points in their lives, showing the effects of age on their appearance. Where can I find these? [more inside]
posted by teem
on Mar 19, 2006 -
I have an almost-14 year old chocolate lab, who collapsed about 6 weeks ago. They thought she had pancreatitis, but that was negative. In the course of events, they did an ultrasound and found an adrenal tumor, also a small nodule on her spleen. [more inside]
posted by marciabcd
on Mar 11, 2006 -
I have 4 rolls of film form from honeymoon trip to vegas i have now been married 10 years would it be worth trying to get it devolved or are all pics lost
posted by starvinron
on Jan 23, 2006 -
OldLiquorFilter: Help me find a decent bottle of something 23 years old and containing alcohol. [more inside]
posted by kalimac
on Dec 12, 2005 -
I'm looking for the name of an old computer game, that ran on an Apple IIe (I think). [more inside]
posted by Godbert
on Dec 2, 2005 -
I'm trying to remember an old PC game, but the details that I can remember are rather vague. [more inside]
posted by Lotto
on Nov 7, 2005 -
There is a vintage game called "Cosmos Osmos" for the old Mac OS and would be loaded with several floppy disc's. I have searched all over the web (including mac garden and googleing) and have been unable to find ANYTHING regarding the game. It was surely at least 15 years ago from when I owned the game and was when Mac's owned the computer world. Help find information or even the game.
posted by supyo
on Oct 28, 2005 -
I have some older college textbooks from the early to mid 1990s; is there conceivable market for these, or should I just throw 'em in the recycle bin? (They're mainly communication studies/theory, if that matters.
posted by keswick
on Oct 14, 2005 -
I am trying to figure out how to dispose a functioning Apple Quadra 630. I never used it much. It has been sitting in a box all these years. The CMOS battery probably needs to be replaced. But other than that it runs just fine. I was thinking of giving it away on local freecycle.org chapter. Then I started thinking if I can donate it to somebody who can really make use it. Most groups accepting donations seems to want Windows machines or newer Apple machines. I am looking for suggestions. Should I just give it away on freecycle?
posted by flyby22
on Sep 8, 2005 -
My work computer's motherboard crashed and fried itself. My IT guy was able to salvage the hard drive, which is now an external hard drive, but the major program that I need from it has not been running. Could the move into the external hard drive shell have damaged the program? [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne
on Aug 30, 2005 -
Failing memory filter: My memory
, never good, is noticeably deteriorating and I'm almost resigned to that. Anything that would slow this process would be welcome but I'm really looking for effective strategies to compensate - in particular, would a PDA help (for to-do lists) or are there other tools I should be using? [more inside]
posted by grahamwell
on Aug 24, 2005 -
You all are geeks right? Well, remember those old-school banners that everyone used to print at home for Science Projects and other stuff? You know, where the letter "A" was made up of a bunch of A's to form the letter?
Where in this day and age would I get something like that done? Anyone have Print Shop Deluxe 1.0 and an old printer? Would I try some local schools??
My band's CD Release party is coming up and the whole theme of the packaging and everything is "old computer stuff".
Thanks! This place rules...
posted by Wiggo
on Jun 10, 2005 -
I'm looking for more music like the song "One More Kiss, Dear" from the Blade Runner soundtrack. [more inside]
posted by redteam
on May 10, 2005 -
I may be able to grab an old Mac from work (dumpster dive). It's a PowerPC, 266mhz, 32meg and 4gig HD. I'm not sure what the operating system is, or version number.
posted by Marky
on Apr 26, 2005 -
Back when I was in gradeschool in the late 60's early 70's, I found this book in our school library that I think was called "Puzzles" (maybe more, maybe not). It not only had puzzles but other things like rhymes (Biddy Bodder bought bum butter. Blah said she, bum butter bitter, but it's blended with my batter. Maybe if I get some better butter, blend it with my bitter batter, it'll make my bitter batter better....etc., etc.). There were also these little cartoons in the margins that were very interesting. There were optical illusions and magical tricks and it seemed like each page had something different and interesting. I remember signing that book out all time.
Now I have kids of my own and would really love to get my hands on a copy of that book. I know this is a reach but, has anyone ever heard of this? Or, anyone know where there is a repository of old books that I could look? Doing a search for "puzzle books" is very ugly indeed.
posted by SparkyPine
on Apr 13, 2005 -
I live in a 1910 Victorian house and many of the rooms have old plaster walls. They look OK, but I know the plaster isn't in the best condition just due to age. I want to hang some pictures. [more inside]
posted by SheIsMighty
on Apr 4, 2005 -
I am looking for a web resource that shows ancient empires/kingdoms/etc superimposed on the modern map. I am specifically interested in the middle-east, but the entire globe is up for grabs here. Obviously, I prefer a site dedicated to exactly this, but anything close will make me quite happy.
posted by SkinnerSan
on Feb 17, 2005 -
What do you do with expired credit cards? I shred receipts and old statements, so it just seems wrong to toss them in the trash...
posted by dness2
on Nov 24, 2004 -
Magazine Filter: How does one get past issues of magazines without going through the publisher? I'm looking for the April 2004 issue of Esquire Magazine. The publisher takes 2-3 weeks to ship past issues... is there a better/faster way I'm missing?
posted by Lizc
on Nov 10, 2004 -